Emma

Emma

BandPopJazz

Mix the acoustic jazz and vocal style of Astrud Gilberto or Peggy Lee with lyrical personality of Randy Newman or Tom Jobim and you'll get me - a bit of the old with a bit of the new to make something entirely unique.

Biography

I started concentrating seriously on music when I turned seven and my piano teacher said, "Although Emma is a real sweet girl, her older brother has all the talent." Needless to say, I have been passionate about working on my music ever since. I've played everywhere from beachside coffee shops and the Central Florida Veg Fest to the Florida Music Festival (where a reviewer described my gig as one of the "most impressive acts of the night") and Virgin Megastore.

I have had loving write-ups in the Orlando Weekly, Unsigned, the Magazine and blogs around the globe as well as been voted one of the "20 Coolest People in Orlando for 2008" by aXis Magazine.

I released my first album "A Reason to Stay Up All Night" (available on iTunes, Virgin Megastore and my own website) and look forward to my songs securing a place in the playlist at wine tastings and candlelit dinners.

My most prominent influence is Sting. But my love for classic jazz greats- both performers and writers (Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick, Jr., George Gershwin, Cole Porter) definitely adds its tone to my music. I also love great songwriters: Randy Newman, Paul Simon, Emily Loizeau, George Michael etc. In one friendly review, the writer says, "Her songs, imbued with a swaggering and conscious sexuality, are unmistakably feminine. Even when she's not singing about love and longing, it's still there, clasped between the chords and her warm vocals."

I've had the wonderful experience to play all around central Florida including:
Florida Music Festival
Central Florida Veg Fest
Central Florida Fair
Virgin Megastore
Baldwin Park Steakhouse
Infusion Tea
Dandelion Communitea
Tatame
Drunken Monkey
Austin's Coffee
Natura Coffee and Tea
Orlando Public Library

Lyrics

A Reason to Stay Up All Night

Written By: Emma Wallace

Adam prayed one night, He said, “Lord, I like this place

I like being other than mud and I enjoy having a face

I like the beasts of the land and the fruit of the trees

And though I don’t quite understand, I like the birds and the bees

But I think I’d like, I think I’d like...

Chorus:

If I had someone to talk to

Some home to walk to

Someone to impress and delight

Somebody to tease

Somebody to please

A reason to stay up all night

Yeah, that’s what I’d like, that’s what I’d like...

Galileo prayed one night, he said, “Lord, I like this place

It’s too bad it took being exiled to get me my personal space

I love knowing the spheres of the earth and the moon

Four hundred years before anyone else has a clue

But I think I’d like, I think I’d like...

Chorus

I prayed one night, I said, “Lord, I like this place

I’m so glad the modern world figured out that people just get in the way

Every day I look older but no one is near enough to know

Though I admit, as the days grow colder my vanity’s the first thing to go

But I think I’d like, I think I’d like...

Chorus

Alice in Wonderland

Written By: Emma Wallace

Somehow I've made it through life
With my heart still intact
With my baggage still packed, all my goals on track
But now, my goals seem kind of tame
Or did they go down the drain?
Well, there's no one else to blame but me

Chorus:
For I'd die to be the cigarette that lies in your lips
To be the guitar that caresses your hip
To be the strings that sigh as you slide your fingers over me
And it's curious the more you desire the farther you have to fall
But still I'd rather have my heart broken by you than never broken at all

Somehow I've made it through life
With my heart on my sleeve
Easy to deceive, blissfully naïve                                          
But now, my innocence is lost
And I'm glad to pay the cost
Because the dice were tossed by me

Chorus

Spanish Chorus:
Porque me muero por ser el cigarrillo entre tus labios
La guitarra rozando tu lado
Tu mano tremorosa sobre el cuello
Es extraño lo más que deseo, mas me atrapó en la red del amor
Prefiero que rompas mi corazón a tenerlo entero en mi soledad
Es extraño lo más que deseo, mas me atrapó en la red del amor
Prefiero que rompas mi corazón a tenerlo entero en mi soledad
For I'd rather have my heart broken by you than never broken at all

(Translation by Cristina Giammarinaro)

Discography

A Reason to Stay Up All Night
Alice In Wonderland (5 track EP)
Florida Music Festival Compilation CD (2004)

Set List

I can play up to two hours of original music mixed with jazz standards done in a pop style or pop music done in a jazz style.

Gig List:

1. Exceed My Expectations
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. I've Got It All
4. Exciting
5. Galahad
6. Undivided Attention
7. Temptation
8. Hard to Get
9. Kind of Woman
10. Once Again
11. Days of the Week
12. Rapunzel
13. Stay With Me Tonight
14. Da Vinci II
15. Caught
16. Don't Fence Me In
17. Connoisseur
18. I Don't Like You Either
19. Support For My Argument
20. What If You Come Back?
21. Spaniel Song
22. Buddha
23. Bathsheba
24. Ice Cream Man
25. Evening Prayers
26. A Reason to Stay Up All Night